Illinois School of Architecture Announces First Ever Alumni Advisory Board
The University of Illinois School of Architecture announced the formation of its first Alumni Advisory Board as well as its ten inaugural members this year. The board will serve in an advisory capacity to the school and director, Francisco Rodriguez-Suarez, working to foster communication and networking between students, faculty, and alumni as well as within the broader professional community.
The Alumni Board has founded and generously funded the Alumni Board Design Excellence Awards, an awards program for the top graduate work for each academic semester. The board will assist in serving as jury members for the awards.
“I am honored to be collaborating with such an outstanding and diverse group of architects, especially as we seek to enlarge the school’s footprint and relevance in the city of Chicago. These prestigious ambassadors represent the Illinois brand with the utmost sense of excellence, and I am thrilled to share our studios and classrooms with their expertise and ideas. While the current composition benefits from our proximity to Chicago, it is our intention for the board to evolve into a national and eventually an international representation. I am grateful for their leadership, especially Board Chair Trina Sandschafer’s commitment to make it a reality.” -Francisco Rodríguez-Suárez, director of the School of Architecture
The inaugural Alumni Board members represent a diverse group of award-winning leaders from across the country including:
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“As a collective, the Architecture Alumni Advisory Board is honored to serve the Illinois School of Architecture. Each of us credits the School of Architecture with setting the foundation of design, inquiry, innovation, and dedication in motion in our careers. Built on a legacy spanning nearly 150 years, the School of Architecture is crafting a bold vision for the future of architectural education. Together, we will work to ensure that the school continues to inspire and delight future generations of architects.” -Trina Sandschafer, Board Chair
More information about the Alumni Advisory Board can be found here.